Male cat 14 years old

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  1. stevie12014

    stevie12014 New Member

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    Hello,
    I am a newcomer here, this site was recommended by a Facebook friend. My male cat is 14 years old and was diagnosed 12/22/2014. Obviously he was showing signs with large intake of water and high output. Since original diagnosis I have him on twice daily Vetsulin, 1.5 units, as of today I have noticed very little changes in his habits. My vet suggested on 12/22 that I retest after about 30 days. I have already been advised here in a different chat room that I may test myself with human meter along with Neosporin, thank you, I may take that into consideration after the vet test. I was also told that the Vetsulin was developed for dogs so I will confer with the vet on this as well.
    My work schedule does not allow for much of a difference in the intervals.
    Would it be a good idea to increase the units to maybe 2.0 or more or possibly different insulin brand until I see a change in his habits then take him to the vet for his retest?
    Looking for sound advice from the experienced here.
    Thank you.
     
  2. Larry and Kitties

    Larry and Kitties Well-Known Member

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    I would not increase without knowing what id happening with the BGs is. What are you feeding? A low-carb canned is best. No need for prescription food.
    Yes, home testing is the way to go
     
  3. stevie12014

    stevie12014 New Member

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    Thank you for the quick response, he and my 13 year old female are given Purina indoor formula dry for most of their adult lives, I am already understanding that I should wean them to moist pate such as Friskies which I shall start asap.
    Can you please explain what result I should read on the home monitor as I know little to nothing of reading meters for diabetes?
     
  4. BJM

    BJM Well-Known Member

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    See my signature link Glucometer Notes for feline reference ranges using a human or pet glucometer, and mg/dL or mmol/L, plus other info.
     
  5. Larry and Kitties

    Larry and Kitties Well-Known Member

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    Also, feeding a low-carb canned will very likely reduce the cats BG and insulin needs and thus I would not change to low-carb canned without home testing.
     
  6. phlika29

    phlika29 Well-Known Member

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    I would think about changing the food and also the insulin ( a longer lasting one such as lantus, levimer or prozinc) but I would do neither of these things without first being able to monitor your cats blood glucose at home.

    This link is great for getting you started
    http://www.felinediabetes.com/FDMB/threads/hometesting-links-and-tips.287/

    My cat was first on caninsulin but it wasn't really keeping in good numbers for long enough as you can see from my spreadsheet. I wouldn't change anything until you are testing in case your cat blood glucose goes too low.

    http://www.felinediabetes.com/FDMB/threads/hometesting-links-and-tips.287/

    http://www.felinediabetes.com/FDMB/threads/feline-diabetes-home-testing-kits.60261/

    Just in case -treating a hypo
    http://www.felinediabetes.com/FDMB/threads/how-to-treat-hypos-they-can-kill-print-this-out.15887/
     
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